Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2
|a game by||Spike Co|
|Platforms:||Wii, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||7.1/10 - 16 votes|
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|See also:||Dragon Ball Games, Fighting Games, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi Series|
As the name suggests, Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is the second in the five Budokai Tenkaichi series. I am a massive Dragon Ball fan and this game was a massive deal for me when it was released. I say this as someone who was addicted to this show on Fox Kids back in the day. If I had to pick a favorite game from the Budokai Tenkaichi series, this one here would be it or close to it!
The Saga of All Sagas
While there are many different game modes on offer in this game it is the story mode or campaign if you will that made me happy. The story mode in Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 retells some of the most exciting sagas from Dragon Ball Z most notably the Android Saga and the Saiyan Saga. These are very well done and no matter how many times I have played these stories or watched them they never get old. As good as this is, the lip-syncing is a little off. I am not saying that it spoils the stories or anything like that, but it is very noticeable.
Goku In 3D!
One thing that most of the Dragon Ball Z games have had going for them over the years is the visuals. I swear that each generation brings new clarity to the games and this one here was made with the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii in mind. With that being said at the time these games were released, these 3D models of our favorite Dragon Ball characters were truly remarkable stuff. They may not be the cream of the crop now, but they still look good. The levels in the game are a tad on the disappointing side. To be fair, I will say that for the time I did not have an issue, however, the later games go above and beyond with the arenas whereas in this game they are a bit scaled back in terms of how they look and how many there are.
We Can All Be Saiyan’s
The gameplay of these games is best described as that of a button masher. There are some great combos and each character has their own special moves. However, if I am being 100 percent honest here, I will say that you can get through this game by just button mashing. That does not mean it is not a fun game, it just means that it is accessible to everyone out there.
Each character has a set of moves and messing around discovering these and how they work is great. You can also level up as you play to help make your character stronger which you will need to do as you progress in the story mode the AI can start to go get a bit cheap. This is where you have to try and graduate from button mashing and actually putting in the time to learn strategies.
While I will say that there have certainly been better Dragon Ball Z games than this one here. I still think that Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 2 is a fun time. The story mode here is certainly better than what its sequel would offer. Overall, if you like DBZ I am certain that you are going to have fun with this. I can say that this game has been a blast to play with my son. We fire this up and just do not take it seriously and have fun beating each other up.
- There are a ton of characters to play as
- The story mode is fantastic
- The 3D character modes were great for their time
- The voice actors from the show are all here
- Playing with others is a lot of fun
- The lip-syncing is way off
- It does show its age in many areas